August 19, 2012
After only five weeks of construction, the fabric-wrapped scaffolding has been removed to unveil the wonderfully restored façade of the Crandell Theatre.
Under the supervision of Aaron Gaylord of AG Carpentry in Chatham, a host of other local contractors including TD Smith Stonemasonry, Hudson River Contracting, (Brian’s painting company), Leggett Electric, and Sausbier’s Awning took on the challenge of repairing the crumbling stucco surface and other related finish work.
Built in 1926, the last known spruce up of the façade was over twenty years ago with a coat of fresh paint. Matching those colors to retain the old fashioned charm, the clean and bright pink and wine hued paint makes the theatre stand proudly as the important building it is on historic Main Street.
Thanks to a good lineup of summer movies, attendance didn’t seem to be affected by the construction and the Crandell staff hope the refreshed look brings in more movie fans to see the latest releases yet to come out this summer and fall. The facelift is expected to get special attention by the hundreds of attendees to the FilmColumbia festival, October 17 – 21.
With this important restoration phase complete, The Chatham Film Club, owner of the building and theatre business, will look to the next fundraising campaign to meet the mandate of the major distribution companies to convert the theatre to the new digital cinema standards before the end of 2013.